Brussels, Belgium

Ever consider Brussels, Belgium as your next European vacation destination? Samantha Brown takes off to this capital city and is totally charmed by it. The country of Belgium is roughly the size of Maryland - and with nearly one million people, its capital city, Brussels is compact as well. But its size in no way means it's inferior. Brussels is a powerful city. The headquarters of NATO is here, as well as the headquarters of the European Union. The political, social and economic future of all of Europe is decided within these city limits. But unlike Paris which has the Eiffel Tower, London which has Big Ben, and Rome which has the Coliseum - Brussels has as its symbol - a bronze statue of a little boy taking a pee -yep, it's called Manneken Pis, and it's the talk of the town. Now another thing that most folks may not know is that Belgium has a King and Queen - but instead of a visit to their palace in Brussels, Samantha decides to experience another royal side of Brussels - the royal supplier of chocolate! Samantha also learns that Brussels has a certain unexpected edge when it comes to fashion - will she transform her wardrobe with Belgian style? She also visits one of the cities most cherished museums - but it doesn't house Rembrandts, Picassos or even Van Gogh's - it's a comic strip museum! (60% of all books published in Belgium are comic books). Ok, you've heard of Belgian waffles and Sam can attest that they are delicious, but Samantha's surprised to find out what their equivalent to the hotdog stand is? Would you believe escargot? When it comes to accommodations Samantha checks into a themed hotel that's one of the cities best deals, and a very welcoming place too - Hotel Welcome! Because of their history as an international city with many cultures contributing to its mix, Samantha found the residents of Brussels friendly, funny and open to everyone visiting their city - so whether you have a waffle in your hand, a piece of chocolate or a beer, Brussels is a city to relax in and enjoy.

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